3 Replies Latest reply: May 14, 2013 9:21 AM by Old Toad
sprayman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

iPhoto 9.4.3, OSX 10.8.3 iMac

 

All of a sudden I am unable to edit any one photo in my library - usual execution is double click on a photo to bring up the editor - do that and I get a great big

exclaimation mark, no expanded photo, no editing tools - nothing. I can only view the thumbnails within each Event etc.

Have imported library from backup - same thing happens

Have restored permissions, thumbnails, database etc nothing happening, same old exclaimation mark.

 

Obviously I'm thinking, ok what have I done to make this happen, and for the life of me I cannot think of anything,

 

Any ideas anyone - please.


iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • 1. Re: Unable to Edit photos
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    Have imported library from backup - same thing happens

    Note sure what you did but you must never IMPORT an iPhoto library into an iPhoto library - you restore backups - you do not import them

     

    The ! indicates that iPhoto has lost the link to the original photo - you could cause that by messing around in the iPhoto library or it can be caused by corruption

     

    Have restored permissions, thumbnails, database etc nothing happening, same old exclaimation mark.

    Again not sure what you did - you can not restore those - I'm assuming thatyou depressied the option and command keys and launched iPhoto and rebuilt the database and thrumbnails

     

    If none of those worked and you have not deleted anything then download iPhoto Library Manager - http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/ -  and use it's rebuild command ot create a new library - that should resolve but if it does not you will still have your current library to go back to

     

    LN

  • 2. Re: Unable to Edit photos
    sprayman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Larry appreciate your help, I did restore the library from Time machine (sorry using wrong terminology), and yes I have used option/command keys to rebuild library.

     

    Will take your advise and try iPhoto Library Manager - and see how it goes - Thanks.

  • 3. Re: Unable to Edit photos
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)

    Try this:

     

    Using iPhoto Library Manager  to Rebuild Your iPhoto Library

     

      1. Download iPhoto Library Manager and launch.
      2. Click on the Add Library button,

        iPhoto Library Manager002.jpg 

        navigate to your Home/Pictures folder and select your iPhoto Library folder.

      3. Now that the library is listed in the left hand pane of iPLM, click on your library and go to the Library ➙ Rebuild Library menu option

        iPhoto Library Manager001.jpg

      4. In the next  window name the new library and select the location you want it to be placed.
      5. Click on the Create button.

     

    Note: This creates a new library based on the LIbraryData.xml file in the library and will recover Events, Albums, keywords, titles and comments. However, books, calendars, cards and slideshows will be lost.


    Note:  your current library will be left untouched for further attempts at a fix if so desired.

     

    OT